News 21st April 2017

Sports Integrity Briefs – 21 April 2017

• The Italian football association (FIGC) has sanctioned two clubs and three players for their involvement in fixing two Serie B games between US Avellino 1912 and Modena FC on 17 and 25 May 2014. Former Avellino captain Francesco Millesi was sanctioned with a five-year ban and a €50,000 fine, as was retired played Luca Pini, who played for Società ASD Atletico Torbellamonaca. Izzo Armando, who now plays for FC Genoa, was sanctioned with an 18-month ban and a €50,000 fine. Avellino was docked three points and fined €50,000, whereas Atletico Torbellamonaca was docked two points and fined €2,000. Click here for the full decision.

• The Russian swimming federation (BON) will no longer shoulder the cost of fines as a result of its athletes committing anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs), but will instead require athletes to cover them. “In the current situation, we suffer financial losses due to the fact that some athletes are dishonest in their duties to implement anti-doping legislation”, said BON President Vladimir Salnikov in a statement. “On receipt of these fines, the federation bears certain losses. Therefore, the presidium of the BON decided that the federation would not cover losses from its budget, but would require repayment by the specific athlete. This mechanism will be worked out and presented at a later date.”

Three athletes have been sanctioned with four year bans for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) by the Iran National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO), reports the Tehran Times. The newspaper reports that volleyball player Ehsan Hajili has been banned from 14 December 2016 to 13 December 2020 after testing positive for 19-norandosterone; futsal player Farshid Shabani has been banned from 14 September 2016 to 13 September 2020 after testing positive for stanozolol; and weightlifter Peyman Farahmand has been banned from 24 October 2016 to 23 October 2020 after testing positive for tamoxifen.

• Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte has received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for nandrolone, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced. The suspension is effective immediately.

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